Job Description

Main area
Qualified Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time – 37.5 hours per week (Weekdays)
Job ref
£25,655 – £31,534 per annum plus HCAS
Salary period
20/01/2022 23:59

Job overview


Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) has an exciting opportunity which has arisen in the Public Health 5-19 School Nursing team, for a Qualified Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner

Please note that in order to be considered for this job you need to have completed the CYP-IAPT Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) training


Main duties of the job


The CWP will either be involved in the facilitation of the new CWP pathway or could be based in the School Nursing Team. the person will have strong links to our Early Intervention Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Step2.  Step2 are an innovative and forward-thinking service with a robust team of Mental Health Practitioners from various therapeutic backgrounds. The Public Health School Nursing team were successful in their tender to deliver a revised and innovative school nursing programme as part of an integrated Family Centre Service. The new service has an increased focus on early intervention and emotional mental health and wellbeing. This year four trainee CWPs were successfully appointed to roles within the Public Health School Nursing team and three will be continuing as newly qualified CWP’s in positions within the school nursing team in 2022. We also have four qualified CWP’s who have been working within the school nursing team for the past year and four new trainees who will be starting in 2022.


Working for our organisation


A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
You’ll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision –  Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds
We don’t want you to miss out so we’d like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible – Apply now
You’ve made a great decision to apply to join to HCT – we’re looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will use your previous training as a CWP or EMHP to deliver low level mental health interventions to adolescents and the parents of children presenting with mild anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. As part of this role you will be expected to complete assessments, deliver 1-1 and group interventions, risk assess where necessary and facilitate workshops. There will be occasions where you may be asked to work flexibly e.g. running workshops after 5pm and working across more than one quadrant. Therefore, please note it is essential you have a full driving license, have access to a car and that you are confident and comfortable driving.

This role would suit applicants keen to progress their career as a CWP, working therapeutically with children and families.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is voted as one of the ‘Top 100 Best Places to Work’ (HSJ/ Nursing Times) and is a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation. Our CQC rating is ‘Good’.

HCT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

In return we can offer you:

  • Access to a wide range of training opportunities.
  • restorative, management and safeguarding supervision
  • high cost area supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,066 and a maximum payment of £1,845 per annum (pro rata where applicable)
  • Generous contributory pension
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • Special Leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Discounts 

Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment (VCOD) for Healthcare Workers – Candidates offered a role with Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, who are aged 18 and over and who will  have direct, face to face contact with service users as part of their role will be required to evidence that they have received a complete course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, subject to limited exceptions, by no later than 1 April 2022. This will include front-line workers, as well as non-clinical workers not directly involved in patient care but who nevertheless may have direct, face to-face contact with patients, such as receptionists and ward clerks.

Person specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • A postgraduate qualification from a CWP training course/ successful completion of a course if towards the end of the course
  • A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
Desirable criteria
  • Training in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, counselling or within a specific psychological therapy
  • Psychology or other health /social care/youth related undergraduate degree
  • Other relevant postgraduate degree

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of providing manualised guided self-help to children and young people and parents/carers
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties may present
  • Experience of completing initial assessments and formulations
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children policies and procedures

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates high standards in written and verbal communication
  • Team Player
  • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time effectively and prioritise workload
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to develop good professional relationships with colleagues inside and beyond the service
  • Ability to use supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust’s values
  • Strong organisational & time management skills. Ability to plan and deliver key objectives within strict timetables
  • Empathy & understanding of service user issues. Deal with emotional issues to enable to deliver patient care
  • Willingness to undertake further Trust training

Other requirements

Essential criteria
  • Full, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role.
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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